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#947746 - 04/12/04 03:39 AM metronomes- any suggestions?
goyo Offline
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Any suggestions among different makes of metronomes of one that will hold up well, is user friendly, electronic or not, that is not too expensive, a good choice for younger students? [LIST]

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#947747 - 04/12/04 09:59 AM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
pianojuggler Offline
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Registered: 02/16/04
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I have the little Yamaha one that looks like a little blue flying saucer. The model is QT-1. I got mine from a music store that was going out of business so it was half price -- usually about $40.

It has two different sounds, one of which sounds pretty similar to a mechanical metronome. It also has a flashing light. It seems very rugged and would stand up to years and years of use by youngsters. The controls are VERY simple. One switch to turn it on and off, one dial for tempo, and one dial for volume.

The only drawback is that it doesn't have accenting for different time signatures.

The QuikTime QT-7 does accent for different time signatures and is about half the price.

Frankly, for young students, I would stay away from mechanical metronomes as they are a little more fragile than electronic ones and can be overwound, etc.

I have a Wittner mini-Taktel that beats unevenly from being abused by a youngster.

#947748 - 04/12/04 10:28 AM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
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Registered: 06/01/01
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Loc: Illinois
Several of us have downloaded free software to allow our PDAs to work as electronic metronomes.
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#947749 - 04/12/04 11:04 AM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
RKVS1 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/01
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Loc: Topeka, Kansas
DT, thats a great idea!
Do you happen to know of any programs that will make my old wooden pendulum metronome function as a PDA? \:D


#947750 - 04/12/04 05:11 PM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
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#947751 - 04/14/04 02:37 AM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
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#947752 - 04/14/04 08:29 AM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
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I bought a Matrix MR-600 (has volume control)from Teachers Discount Music. 800 586-3876. They also have a web site. When you order call on the telephone and ask for Steve. He really knows his stuff and he will not oversell you. Very fast delivery.


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#947753 - 04/14/04 02:00 PM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
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At Stevester recommendation several months ago I bought my DD this http://home.rica.net/tdm/WitAnimals.htm

Steve at Teachers Discount Music was very helpful and I would recommend him too.

The cat is just fun for kids!

#947754 - 04/14/04 03:53 PM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
Stevester Offline
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Darn, I should have got the cat!, I love cats. I have one that hangs out next to the piano when I play but she hates scales and will leave the room whenever I practice them.

Have fun,
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#947755 - 05/06/04 11:42 AM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
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Registered: 07/13/03
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Loc: Dallas, TX
No one mentioned this, so I will. Our beloved PW host, Frank, would get some benefit if you bought one here. Piano Supplies

I bought a Wittner in mahogany just before Christmas. Ordering was a cinch, delivery was fast. The whole transaction was a pleasure. \:\)

#947756 - 05/08/04 01:30 AM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
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I had a Korg one that was about $30 and reliable, but then I got a Dr. Beat, which is about $150. It is overkill for most people, but I love it, the complex rhythm patterns are useful for modern classical music.

#947757 - 05/16/04 10:24 PM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
Candywoman Offline
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Registered: 07/14/03
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Younger students do not need metronomes. The money is better spent on piano lessons or books.

#947758 - 05/20/04 03:41 PM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
ebony & ivory Offline
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Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 30
Loc: Andover, Minnesota
I respectfully disagree with Candyman. I have several young students (under 4th grade) that have them and we work with them at the lessons. I see a tendency for some of the kids to want to pause at the bar lines and this helps eliminate that. Also, in 3/4 time, some kids want to hold it to 4/4 time. I don't require them, but we use mine at lessons.

#947759 - 05/20/04 09:56 PM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
Sugarbush Offline
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Registered: 03/24/04
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Loc: Toronto
Further to this Metronome issue. I have a basic Wittner manual metronome that works just fine. I would certainly recommend using a metronome early and becoming used to doing so. It's rather an "annoying" sound but has a regular beat and just what one needs as a beginner or as an adult student as I am. I unfortunately never was well acquainted with the metronome as a kid and now I'm using it regularly. Actually upon reading some of these other posts, I went on line to http://palmgear.com and very quickly downloaded software "for free" and got a manual in pdf file format, for free as well, for my Palm PDA.It's going to be great. I tried it out. It flashes and I can adjust sound and have it sitting on a bracket that might hold a cup and saucer and see it flashing. Now no loud annoying mechanical Tap Sounds and I saved about 30-40 Canadian dollars.

#947760 - 05/24/04 08:22 PM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
pauholio Offline
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Registered: 05/18/04
Posts: 7
Loc: AUS
My metronome is kind of dodgy. It is an old swinging model (yes i am due for a new one but that will happen because i am starting teaching). With these swinging models you have to wind it up on the side but if you wind mine up it turns it to swing time it gets uneven and you have to wait 5 minutes for it to come back.
I think i should sell it fo extra because it is so unique.

#947761 - 05/24/04 08:27 PM Re: metronomes- any suggestions?
pauholio Offline
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Registered: 05/18/04
Posts: 7
Loc: AUS
I believe that students should learn to play with a metronome from when they are beginning to learn as in 6 months after they start. because it is only when you are sure of the time that you can play over it, threw it and around, for when you want to improvise or compose.
So the more they practice with the metronome the better hey will be. 90% of my practice is doine with the metronome! \:\)


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